Each pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S. costs the nation an estimated $7.18 in medical
costs and lost productivity, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Even if you never smoked a cigarette in your life, you still face a
90% chance that environmental tobacco smoke has affected you and your family.
More than 10 million children between the ages of 12 and 18 live in a household
with at least one smoker.
From 2002 to 2004, among high school students, there was no
significant decline in the use of tobacco products overall (28%) or for any individual product.
About 1 in 4 of the adult population still smokes. While the number of adult smokers in Utah
and the U.S. Virgin Islands has decreased, in other states it is as high as 34%.
Exposure to environmental or second-hand tobacco smoke causes
3,400 deaths from lung cancer and more than 46,000 deaths from heart disease ... each year.
While smoking in the developed world isn't increasing, the number of smokers
world-wide increased from 1.1 billion in 2000 to 1.3 billion in 2004 ...
and is expected to reach 1.7 billion by 2025.
In 2005, 33% of all veterans who used Veterans Administration facilities
in the United States still smoked cigarettes... a rate much higher than the general population.
Research has documented that second-hand smoke hurts even more than humans. It sickens and can kill our beloved pets. Lymphoma which is prevalent among cats, for example, more than doubles if their owners smoke.
All of this anquish, death, and expense are totally preventable.
Facts are from studies cited in Toward Tobacco Free World.